Boom: The Future of the Museum in China

Monday, April 1, 2013
Wood Auditorium

Jeffrey Johnson, Columbia University GSAPP
Steven Holl, Columbia University GSAPP
Michelle Kuo, Artforum
John Rajchman, Columbia University Art History and Archaeology
Mark Wigley, Columbia University GSAPP
Pei Zhu, Studio Pei-Zhu

In 2011, more than 386 new museums were built in China—more than one new space for every day of the year—in an effort to bring the country’s museum-to-citizen ratio up to international levels. Dedicated to art, history, city planning, and more, these often-iconic structures are meant to anchor newly planned civic centers, Central Business Districts, cultural districts, and commercial developments. Some are very successful. Yet others, without clear curatorial missions, long-term plans, or cohesive collections, sit empty. What are the social and spatial implications of the pressure to museumify? This conversation organized by the China Megacities Lab explores different futures for the museum in China.


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